UK Expats Hit By Passport Renewal Delays

By Editorial 10 June, 2014

British expats are reporting long delays in getting their passports renewed, following changes to the way applications are processed.

Passport applications are now handled at a processing center in the UK, rather than at local consulates. Officials promised greater efficiency and introduced a 35 percent price drop, but applicants in various locations around the world are now reporting delays of up to several months.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong says that it has had the matter raised with the UK Government. There are reports of expats receiving application fee refunds after making official complaints.

Delays are also affecting Britons resident in the UK, putting summer holidays and trips at risk. One MP, David Hanson, told the BBC that in 22 years he had "never had anything like the number of desperate individuals contacting my office."

Tags: United Kingdom | Expats | Visas And Passports |


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